Truman Prepares New 3rd Class Petty Officers

Story Number: NNS080529-16Release Date: 5/29/2008 3:27:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Damian Martinez, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), is offering a petty offcer indoctrination class for those who have advanced to third class, prior to their frocking ceremony, to better help them assimilate successfully to their new rank.

"We want them to feel comfortable moving into the new roles and to use their authority responsibly," said Gunner's Mate 1st Class (SW) Andre Smith, a facilitator of the class.

The most important concept that new petty officers need to take away from the class are the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment as new leaders explained Smith.

"Petty officer indoctrination is important because it teaches us the responsibilities and leadership qualities we need to successfully integrate ourselves into the world of being a petty officer and all the things that entails for as long as we are in the Navy," said Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mathew Williams, one of the many Sailors aboard who advanced to third class.

"I hope that with petty officer indoctrination, I will learn responsibility, good leadership skills and how to be accountable for my junior guys."

New petty officers will need to know specific leadership skills for a solid foundation for becoming a successful leader.

"This is basically a tool to get them ready to step into the role they have been frocked to," said Storekeeper 1st Class (SW/AW) Demetra Rogers, president of the First Class Petty Officer's Association (FCPOA), which is in charge of running the indoctrination class. "The purpose of the class is to instill the Navy's core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment."

The FCPOA-sponsored class is an example of the deckplate leadership they want to instill into those in the class, noted Rogers.

"It's another avenue, another way for us to mentor our junior Sailors to becoming good supervisors and leaders," said Rogers.

Now that Sailors aboard Truman have advanced to third class, petty officer indoctrination will ensure they are prepared to effectively take on their new position as leaders in the Navy.

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